Gingrich commands the media.
Newt has spawned a vast multi-platform media and organizational empire.
In addition to being a Fox News contributor, Gingrich appears regularly on the Sunday morning news shows and talk radio. But most importantly, he knows how to leverage his brand through being a prolific author, producing numerous films through Gingrich Productions, and mastering social media. Since he resigned as speaker of the House in 1998 (yes I will get to that), Newt’s love of policy and problem solving has spawned various non-profit organizations and political action groups. Besides the aforementioned American Solutions, there is Renewing American Leadership, the Center for Health Transformation, and The Americano, his newest organization with a bilingual web site targeted at conservative Hispanic-Americans.
If you are a Republican primary voter, you are already aware of Newt as a force and his many organizations that motivate, inform, and address your concerns about the future of this nation.
Newt is a great debater.
The first debate for the 2012 nomination takes place on May 2, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Library.
On stage could be a flock of presidential hopefuls all trying to break through the ice.
Many believe Newt will not only break through, but that he will melt the ice and emerge the winner.
His extensive knowledge of all issues foreign and domestic will wow the audience and build an emotional connection with viewers. For Newt, who just produced a documentary titled Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, there is no better place for him to display his leadership and debating skills than on the hallowed ground that honors his hero.
What about Newt’s personal baggage?
The sentiments I hear most often from Republicans about Newt Gingrich’s chance of winning the 2012 nomination always include a “but.” “I like Newt. He is brilliant, but…”
“He would give Obama a real challenge, but…” “I like him, but … my wife doesn’t.”
“He would be great for the nation, but he has too much personal baggage.”
Gingrich is now happily married to his third wife and has converted to Catholicism.
When he announces for president he must address those personal issues and the cloud that surrounds his resignation as speaker of the House in 1998. Gingrich needs to express honest and full contrition, ask for forgiveness, and move on down the road. Americans are a forgiving people and respond well when leaders or celebrities are truthful and sincere.
“Winning the future,” whether it’s Obama’s new theme or Newt’s 2005 book title, is serious business right now because America is on a path to losing the future. Newt Gingrich, with his potential for party unity, grasp of the issues, command of the media, and superb speaking skills, may be the GOP’s best chance of winning the future and the White House in 2012.